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Brett Anderson throws 3 solid innings against former team to help Rockies beat A's 5-4

  • Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Brett Anderson throws against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Brett Anderson throws against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin walks back to the mount after giving up the third run against the Colorado Rockies during the first  inning of a spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin walks back to the mount after giving up the third run against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki celebrates in the dugout after scoring during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki celebrates in the dugout after scoring during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

Brett Anderson pitched three positive innings in his first start against his former team on Saturday, helping the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

The left-hander allowed one run on three hits and struck out one.

Anderson was Oakland's opening-day starter a year ago. But he spent four months on the disabled list, was demoted to the bullpen and then traded in December.

Troy Tulowitzki had an RBI double in a three-run first against A's starter A.J. Griffin.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin was ejected in the seventh for arguing a strike call. He was gone by the time Shane Peterson lost Ben Paulsen's fly ball with two outs in the ninth. It fell in front of him, and Cristhian Adames scored from first to win it.